April 22, 2018
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Lincolnville man arrested after Vinalhaven bar fight

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

VINALHAVEN, Maine — One man suffered a broken leg and two people were punched Friday night in a bar fight brought on by an unruly patron, according to police.

Tyler D. Malmstrom, 21, of Lincolnville Center, was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault, two counts of assault, disorderly conduct and violating a condition of release.

An affidavit was filed Monday in Rockland District Court by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Palmer detailing the events of Oct. 12 at the Sand Bar on Vinalhaven.

According to the affidavit, Malmstrom was asked to leave the bar after he became increasingly agitated and kept going in and out of the bar that evening.

At one point, he refused to leave and began a fight which continued outside the bar.

Eventually police were called and sheriff’s office deputies responded.

A deputy patrolled the island and found Malmstrom walking on a street. When the officer went to speak to him, Malmstrom started screaming obscenities at the deputy. The deputy, who had not yet been informed about the serious injury to one victim, offered to drive Malmstrom home so that he would not be a nuisance to other people. Malmstrom refused and continued screaming obscenities.

The officer eventually convinced him to get in the cruiser at which time, Malmstrom was slamming his head against the cruiser and screaming obscenities to the point that the deputy arrested him for disorderly conduct.

The deputy then learned that a man had suffered a broken leg and was to be taken by the Maine State Ferry to the mainland to be treated at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. Malmstrom was taken by that same ferry to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and made his initial court appearance Monday in Rockland District Court. Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $1,000 cash and he remained at the jail late Monday afternoon.

Malmstrom said in court Monday that he got beat up during the fight as well. The judge advised him against making statements that could be used against him in court. Malmstrom said he worked at the fish cooperative but he believes he would not be welcomed back there because of the incident. He said he had a girlfriend and a three-week old child on the island.

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